Medicine: Filtering Out Killer Cholesterol

A new technique offers hope for some heart patients

When "Jim Lewis," 58, arrived at the Rogosin Institute at New York Hospital one year ago, he was a desperate man. Lewis (not his real name) had been suffering from severe heart disease for most of his adult life. His condition was due largely to a genetic disorder that afflicts 1 in 500 Americans, causing abnormally high levels of cholesterol to accumulate in the blood and ultimately clog the arteries. In Lewis' case, the strictest low-fat diet and all the drugs that medicine could muster had failed to control the problem. By the time he was 47, his arteries were so...

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